Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Harry Potter Finale Shatters US Box Office Record

LOS ANGELES: The final Harry Potter movie shattered the record for an opening weekend at the North American box office, industry trackers said.

Muggles -- non-magical people -- of all ages handed over a collective $169.2 million as they flocked to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," the eighth and final film about the boy wizard.

The haul is $11 million more the previous opening weekend record of $158-million set in 2008 by the Batman film "The Dark Knight."

"DH-2" had already raked in a record $92.1 million in opening day sales, smashing the previous record held by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which took $72.7 million in 2009.

In the finale to one of the most successful film franchises of all time, released in both 2D and 3D versions, Harry takes on evil Lord Voldemort in a climactic showdown at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

James Harrison Does More Harm To Steeler's Image

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a sexually assaulting, drunk-driving, bin Laden-loving, gun-toting, head-hunting, in-fighting, gay-bashing, finger-pointing rogue outfit. And most of that was just in the past couple of months.

Some of it is just allegations and some interpretation. And this is certainly not a statement on gun control, but instead just about image.

The Steelers' image as the gold-standard of NFL righteousness was always mythology anyway.
But with Hines Ward’s arrest for alleged DUI, Rashard Mendenhall’s tweets about the U.S. not hearing Osama bin Laden’s side of the story and Ben Roethlisberger’s lingering bad-guy standing, things were changing. Now, after James Harrison’s cover story in the upcoming issue of Men’s Journal, it has all added up to a new image for the Steelers. They have touched on, danced on, stomped on, just about every part of the stereotype of athletes behaving badly. It tops off with Harrison’s cover photo.

Imagine what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must have felt Wednesday morning when he saw Harrison, the guy he has held as an example of dirty play, on the cover of a magazine, arms folded across his chest, holding a gun in each hand under the headline: “Confessions of an NFL Hitman.”
Highlights in the article include Harrison calling Goodell a devil, a thief, a dictator and a puppet, and saying “If that man was on fire and I had to (urinate) to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.”

And this about Harrison’s own quarterback, Roethlisberger, who threw big interceptions in the Super Bowl: “Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again.

Read the full story and view his interview HERE

Flying Cars Legal Now?

A flying car? Doesn’t that deserve a place in the pantheon of crazy gizmos that we would never be able to see in our lifetime? Perhaps, but chances are quite high that the Britney Spears generation will be able to see one take to the skies – and the road, sometime during this life. After all, the Transition as the vehicle is called, has just received its clearance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it road-worthy.

As for the skies, fret not – Terrafugia’s Transition has already gone through the paces at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for flight, where it is classified under the “light sport aircraft” category. 

Basically, the Transition is able to use the same tires it employed when it took off in 2009 for its air and road trials. The Transition is going to cost $200,000 if you want a two-in-one vehicle in your garage.

Source: Here

Monday, July 11, 2011

ISPs Agree For "Six Strikes"

American Internet users, get ready for three strikes "six strikes." Major US Internet providers—including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable—have just signed on to a voluntary agreement with the movie and music businesses to crack down on online copyright infringers. But they will protect subscriber privacy and they won't filter or monitor their own networks for infringement. And after the sixth "strike," you won't necessarily be "out."

Much of the scheme mirrors what ISPs do now. Copyright holders will scan the 'Net for infringement, grabbing suspect IP addresses from peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. If they see your IP address participating in a swarm for, say, Transformers, they will look up that IP address to see which ISP controls it, then fire off a message.

ISPs have committed to forward such notices to subscribers—though, crucially, they won't turn over actual subscriber names or addresses without a court order. This is a one-way notification process.

The agreement puts heavy emphasis on "education," going so far as to recast this behavior as some "right to know" on the part of parents unaware of a child's P2P activity. According to today's announcement materials, the goal is to "educate and stop the alleged content theft in question, not to punish. No ISP wants to lose a customer or see a customer face legal trouble based on a misunderstanding, so the alert system provides every opportunity to set the record straight."

It would be much easier to see "education" focus as a principled stand by content owners if they hadn't spent years suing such end users, securing absurd multi-million dollar judgments in cases that they are still pursuing in court. As it is, the shift looks more like a pragmatic attempt to solve a real problem through less aggressive measures after the failure of scorched earth tactics.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

UFO Sightings

   There has been an increasing amount of UFO sightings this last year. I just got done watching a video, about twelve-ish minutes long, that just really got my thinking there just might be more life than just us out there in this large universe of ours. That, or some very damn fine photoshoppers. To view the 12 minute video click HERE! The beginning of the video is more of a compilation of UFO sighting videos, but later on there is an on air radio talk show where you here from a former employee of Area 51, which was also an interesting theory. 
Are aliens real? Is there life beyond our planet? You decide.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Apple's iPad 2 Announced!

   Well as most of you may now know, Apple has announced that the new iPad will be selling anytime soon. I personally don't see what all the hub-ub is all about. There is only a few new features being added such as a dual-camera, duel-core A5 chips, and dual-view HDMI. All though it will have iOS 4.3 I don't see why they would really need it besides maybe the iMovie program or whatever. (Yeah, I'm not much of an Apple fan). It seems like a waste with the iOS 4.3 since everything is pretty much locked-down with Apple's crazy restrictions on absolutely everything they make. 

    In my personal opinion, I would sit this one out guys. For the price they are charging and for what features should have been out on the first iPad, I suggest just waiting, but if you're a hipster and live in a coffee shop and like to throw money at Apple, go for it. I would rather sit in the comfort of my command center next to my cozy tower I like to call 'The F16' (On the account that it sounds like a jet at times). Back on topic, if Apple would stop charging crazy prices, and opened up their operating systems, they would have one more customer.

Source: Here

Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Stuff Friday 2/25/11

So every Friday I try to put together some stuff that are completely FREE! Sorry for not putting together one for last week, hopefully this one will make up for it. This week on Free Stuff Fridays I am giving out a list of great programs that are used for troubleshooting computers and all can be ran off your USB device, and most of all; they are all FREE!

  • Device Doctor Portable
          Great USB tool that can easily scan your computer to find if your, or someone else, computer needs to  have their drivers updated. I don't know how many times I use the windows driver updater and it just tells me I have the latest drivers. Another great thing about this is that it finds the correct driver for you to download and provides a link.
           Download link: Here

  • Speccy
          Another cool tool that when ran scans your computer specs and comes with a very slick looking user interface that can tell you everything hardware related to your computer. It gives you information such as CPU, motherboard, RAM, HDD drives, optical drives, audio devices and temperature if your hardware supports it.
           Download link: Here

  • Dead Pixel Fixer
          Great tool if this ever happens, I have had a dead pixel and it is one of the biggest annoyances in the world next to girls who scream at their phones while in the movie theater. Run the program, select the settings for the dead pixels like size and length of time you want it to run, the longer the better, but don't over do it. Pretty easy tool, all though this tool doesn't always work; it usually works 80% of the time though.
           Download link: Here

  • Add/Remove Program Cleaner  
          Another one of those tools that will help with those little annoyances of life. Ever removed a program through windows add/remove program to find it's still there? Yeah, I know I have. This tool will clean all that mess up.
          Download link: Here

This concludes another week of Free Stuff Friday, I have many more USB tools that I'll be posting next week too, I just don't have the time (or space) to write them all up at once. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Discovery Has Launched!!!

Well, the NASA space shuttle Discovery has taken it's last flight. Emotions flew later Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 as the space shuttle lifted off to an International Space Station to bring the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module, or PMM, to the space station. Discovery is scheduled to arrive March 7th where it will then be decommissioned, one of the first to ever have this privilege.

Source: Here

Hangover ... 2!

YES!!!!! The only word I can think of once I learned the fact that they are making a second hangover! I was skeptical on what they are going to do but from what I have heard, the story is another journey but this time to Bangkok for Stu's wedding. Sounds interesting, hopefully it's not a compete bomb...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Free Stuff Friday

So every Friday I try to put some stuff together that I have found on the internet that is completely FREE!

This week we have some more eBooks from my private collection.
  • Great small-ish eBook on how to create an app for the iPhone! This eBook will take you step by step through how to create your very own app. This is a great eBook that introduces you to the tools that you could be using and potentially making money off of by selling your app.
          Download link: Here

  • Free eBook on how to build your very own facebook applications! Control the apps that everyone uses. The eBook is well written and a very interesting read, enjoy! 
          Download link: Here

That concludes this week of Free Stuff Fridays! Next week I'll try to put together my whitehat USB programs great for troubleshooting computer problems on the go, and on the fly. Enjoy those eBooks for now!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

For The Love Of Art...

    Well I just saw David Garibaldi LIVE! If anyone hasn't seen him and ever has the opportunity please, for my sake, go; it is well worth it. As an ex-graffiti artist he has moved onto greater things such as painting (legally) and not just for for kicks but for non-profit organizations. I was oblivious of speed painting and, frankly, didn't even know it was possible to paint Einstein upside down in under five minutes. Yes you read that correct, five flippin' minutes. The show I got to go to was about an hour and he painted Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Martin Luther King Jr., and Einstein. It was an amazing coordination of both skill and talent that involved multiple up beat mixed songs that went along to him painting. I can just say I was pretty much stunned after seeing him put some scribbles onto the black canvas then seconds later making out a beautiful piece of art.
     Much respect to artists such as David, he has truly inspired me to become much more artistic with my life, I never even thought it could be some much fun to coordinate dancing into something such as painting. I'll just make it official and say once I get a house I am dedicating a room just for painting in.
    If you are a boob like many people on the internet and don't leave your "command center" then you can catch David on youtube, twitter, and facebook.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Free Stuff Friday

So every Friday or so I'll try to get something I find that everyone can enjoy for FREE! Please, please you can cheer at the end.

This week I'll give out some eBooks that I have collected over the years of scrounging the internet.

To open, right click and use 7-zip to extract them. If you don't have 7-zip head on over to http://www.7-zip.org/ and get one of the greatest extracting tools.

  • Here are 7 great eBooks going from understanding TCP on wireless networks to programming in Python or Visual C to hacking your cable modem, hacking Firefox, and even how to change your identity!
         Download Link: Here

  • Here are 11 military training manuals in the eBook format. Just to name a few, it has eBooks along the lines of Close Quarter Combat, Grenades and Pyrotechnics, Law Enforcement Investigations, mine and Countermine Operations, U.S. Military Fitness Training and a handful of medical handbooks just to name a few.

         Download Link: Here

I hope you all enjoy these great eBooks as much as I did!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Fallout: New Vegas

Welcome back to the wasteland. As the game starts out, you are brutally "murdered" by a cheeky fellow in a checkered suit with a pretty pearl .45. You wake up in a rundown town called Goodspring in their doctors house. (Yeah you weren't "murdered" but you were shot in the face). There are many mysteries and side quests that the player may complete as their leisure. They can run through the campaign or take their time doing every stinking side quest. You can literally spend DAYS playing this game, I know I have already clocked in over a week or two of play time. The game is about the same if you have played the first Fallout. You also don't need to have played the first Fallout to understand the story of this Fallout game, all though I think you should play it in my opinion. The story in that one is a wee bit better in my eyes.

Playability, the one world that should be present in any game ever created. You know why all those other crappy games went down onto the this game sucks big mansticks is because of playability. Call of Duty is such a good game because people can keep replaying it. The exact same thing with this game, you can first play as a good character, then replay as a bad character or a neutral character. Wipe out one faction save the other.
  • Protip: Get a companion as fast as you can and carry anything of value, i.e. guns, armor, meds/drugs, or any other miscellaneous items you may find on your travels. You can really use those caps fast when you *SPOILER* buy lots of body implants that can greatly increase your stats. Each costs about 4K caps and the better ones can cost up to 8Kcaps! A good place to sell your crap is at the Gun Runners west of New Vegas, later on in the game they hold a fluffy 8K caps for you to sell stuff to.
 Hardmode: A motherless baby in need of a boob to suckle on, my god! Only play on hardmode if you have played the entire game, know what you are doing, and are brave enough to take on the mundane annoying ass tasks that hardmode requires. Constantly tired come on you wimp! Keep walking and shooting! Thirsty? Suck it up bitch, you think the military was thirsty at the Palau islands? Shit yeah they were, but we still kicked ass!

Summary of my rant, the game is definitely a buy. The game has good mechanics, re-playability, thrill, story, and deep characterization. I only wish that in Hardmode, it wasn't so annoying with the amount of crap you are always having to deal with. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Samsung Captivate

So after buying a droid and not liking it, yes I am a picky bastard, I bought a better newer phone. Awwww yeah! The Samsung Captivate smartphone. This thing has got balls of steel baby, best phone I have ever had in my entire life and with a little insight and trickery you can get around the crazy amount of charges that AT&T wants you to pay monthly.

GO-PHONE! I can't stress this enough for a smartphone if you rarely use a data plan. I am not an avid Facebooker or a ... Twitterer. (I usually only check my email when I get home anyways) So I was in no need for a $15 monthly fee for data I was never gonna use. I got a go-phone and as a college student I rarely use the phone feature too, mainly just for texting my peeps. Easy ass plan let me tell you. Works wonders, got the $1/day usage fee IF you use the phone that day then some other charges every minutes after, I don't know them since I don't use them. Then get the 1000 text message package for like $10. Boom, I spend just about $20 a month on a top of the line smartphone.

Now beyond my rant about my service provider and onto the phone! The phone is flippin' light! I compared it to the Droid and let me tell you, the Droid is like holding a brick while the Captivate is like holding a feather. I just bought a case on eBay for $5 to keep it from floating away. The screen is also very bright and the OS as a whole is very responsive. I enjoy the fact that it uses the Android OS since I think Apple is a bunch of pretentious buttfucks that duct tape everything they can down to keep you from doing something they don't want you to do. Android removes that tape with open source baby. Talk about an awesome OS, opensource, fast, light, and the app marketplace is already getting close to that of Apples.

  • Protip: Turn the screen brightness down all the way, even if you don't have the Captivate. Keeping the brightness low may make it harder to see, but trust me you'll get used to it. The battery lasts an additional day or two with the brightness down to low.
  • Protip: Turn off 3G if you aren't using a data plan like me, to do it on the captivate. Dial "*#*#4636#*#*" that should bring you into the phones maintenance mode, click phone information, and change it to GSM only. Boom, no more 3G charges up the ying-yang. 

From just following those tips, my phone only needs to be charged about once a week, and I use it EVERY day. Amazing!

In summary, best phone I have ever had in my entire life. Suck it iPhone buttfags!